Dean Johanesen plays acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues. Originally from New York, accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Johanesen has made his home in many parts of the US including, Indiana, Nevada, Georgia and he now resides in Florida.
Johanesen's mother delivered motor homes when he was young and the family traveled around listening to many different artists. From Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel, classic country to soundtracks of Broadway Musicals, movies etc. These works in turn provided a soundtrack to his youth and his diversity of influences had an effect on Johanesen's interests musically as well as giving him a feel for the road.
In 2013, Johanesen released his first solo record with intentions of getting back to the importance of the storyteller songwriting format while a recent passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Johanesen on a musical path with a focus on new stories of old times. Non fictional characters from the '20s and '30s, circus performers, the side show, prohibition, the war of currents all placed in a backdrop of gypsy swing, in a style that Dean has coined Circus Swing in an effort to give due respect to the difference in his style compared to the masters of Gypsy Jazz and American Swing.
Joined by Bassist and Percussionist, he rounds out his sonic presentation in a way that will leave you wanting more. Please BYOB, and a dish to share. $20 per person donation for the artists is recommended. As always, with your $20 donation you are entered in a drawing to win a free signed CD and you will also be entered into a raffle to win a bottle of Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum! 100% of donations go to the musician. We are not doing pre-donations through Paypal until a better option presents itself.
We are a rain or shine venue with a passion for respecting the artist’s musical talents. Socializing is GREATLY encouraged before and after the show, during breaks and in our designated “chat zone” away from the stage so our listening crowd can focus on the songs and stories. If you want to hang out with friends for less than you’d pay for food and drinks and entertainment at a bar, and actually get to hear the music, come on over!